Boxing: Bourke vs Leach




CHRIS BOURKE will face Marc Leach for the vacant British Super-Bantamweight championship on Friday, March 11 at York Hall in Bethnal Green, live on BT Sport.

Bourke (10-0, 6 KOs) of Streatham gets his big chance after Queensberry stablemate Jason Cunningham relinquished his domestic title in order to compete for world titles.

Bourke, 27, defeated Michael Ramabeletsa in the second round to win the WBC International title in December 2020. Last July, in his only defense, the South Londoner thrashed James Beech on points over ten rounds.

In July 2020, the boxer trained by Martin Bowers won the Southern Area title with a points victory over unbeaten Ramez Mahmood.

Leach (17-1, 4 KOs) of Salford rose from obscurity in October 2020 when he defeated 2016 Olympian Qais Ashfaq on points in a British Featherweight title eliminator.

Last summer, he returned to Super-Bantamweight for another British championship eliminator, and he confirmed his mandatory status with a narrow but unanimous points victory over Thomas Essomba.

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